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I Could Have Done Better, Says Medal Winner

  Apolonia Vaivai strongly feels she could have done better in the 69 kilogramme category despite settling with a bronze medal after a lift of 216kg. She finished behind Punam
09 Apr 2018 10:00
I Could Have Done Better, Says Medal Winner
From left: Mereoni Tatagi and daugher Apolonia Vaivai proudly shows the bronze medal she won at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on April 8, 2018. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

 

Apolonia Vaivai strongly feels she could have done better in the 69 kilogramme category despite settling with a bronze medal after a lift of 216kg.

She finished behind Punam Yadav of India who won gold with a total lift of 222kg and England Sarah Davies who took out the silver with a lift of 217kg.

Vaivai had a successful lift in her first attempt in the snatch with a lift of 97kg, in her second attempt she lifted 100kg but dropped the bar in her third attempt in the 103kg. In the clean and jerk she dropped the bar at 115kg in her first attempt but was successful in her second attempt where she lifted 116kg but failed to lift the 122kg.

“I could have done better but technical errors forced me to drop the bar in those attempts but I’m satisfied with the bronze medal,” she said.

“At least I still have something to take home to my people in Fiji.

“All the hard work and sacrifices have been paid off and after this my aim is to fight for a spot in the World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games.”

Head coach Joe Vueti was happy with the bronze medal.

“The Commonwealth Games now is very competitive as everyone is trying to win medals especially the gold. Every lifter has lifted their preparation level.

“This bronze medal is the first for Fiji in weightlifting and I’m proud of Apolonia.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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